Friday, it was announced DeSean Jackson, who returned from a three-game injury absence Thursday night in the Eagles’ chaotic, 22-21 win over the Giants, would miss time with a high-ankle sprain. Unfortunately for the Eagles’ decimated receiver corps, it’s worse than that.
Jackson, who ranks fourth among all-time Eagles in career receiving yards (6,431), is nursing a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle, an injury that will shelve him 6-8 weeks, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The 33-year-old deep threat hobbled off Thursday night after absorbing a blow from Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine on a fourth-quarter punt return. Ballentine was flagged for a personal foul—lowering the head to initiate contact—on the play.
Garafolo notes Jackson’s injury is similar to the one suffered by teammate Dallas Goedert, who hasn’t suited up for the Birds since Week 3. The third-year tight end is tentatively expected back after the Eagles’ bye in Week 9. Jackson’s second stint with Philadelphia has been marred by injury with the three-time Pro Bowler missing 17 of 24 games (postseason included) since the start of last year.
With Jackson joining Goedert, Zach Ertz (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (foot), Miles Sanders (knee) and Jalen Reagor (thumb) among the Eagles’ walking wounded, Philadelphia’s offense will continue to run through ascendant sophomore Travis Fulgham, slot receiver Greg Ward, shifty scat back Boston Scott (recipient of Carson Wentz’s go-ahead touchdown pass in the waning moments of Week 7) and last-man-standing Richard Rodgers at tight end.
Injuries to offensive linemen Brandon Brooks (Achilles), Andre Dillard (biceps), Jason Peters (toe) and Lane Johnson (knee) further complicate matters for the dangerously shorthanded Eagles who, despite a tepid 2-4-1 start, actually hold a slight lead over Dallas for first in what has proven to be a lackluster NFC East. Philadelphia can improve to 3-0 in primetime games with a victory over the visiting Cowboys in Week 8.